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Paying It Forward: A Veteran’s Journey To Social Work

Posted by Saint Leo University Online on Dec 1, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Personal challenges inspire Roberto Jimenez to help other veterans and prepare for a career in military social work.

Sometimes when things seem to be at their worst, you find your purpose.

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Topics: Social Work

Committed To Protecting Kids

Posted by Saint Leo University Online on Sep 8, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Amidst an overburdened child welfare system, online MSW student Alex Culbreth commits to making a difference in the lives of children and families.

Alex Culbreth, a graduate student in Saint Leo University’s online Master of Social Work program, knows all too well how children feel when they must be removed from their homes for their own safety and well-being.

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Topics: Social Work

Alumna Zig Zags Her Way To Geriatric Social Work Career

Posted by Saint Leo University Online on Mar 31, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Her father’s words about serving humanity have echoed in Elizabeth Sukys-Rice’s heart throughout her life, leading her to a career as a geriatric social worker.

For Saint Leo University alumna Elizabeth Sukys-Rice, the road to becoming a geriatric social worker has been more of a zig-zag than a straight line.

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Topics: Social Work

Violence And Mental Health Focus Of 2016 Social Work Conference

Posted by Saint Leo University Online on Jan 14, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Director of the Center for Mental Health Services of SAMHSA will be the keynote speaker at Saint Leo conference, March 11.

“With the increase in gun violence across America, be it in churches, schools, or the general community, the resulting trauma affects all populations,” says Dr. Victoria Anyikwa, associate professor of social work at Saint Leo University.

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Topics: Social Work

MSW Students Put Counseling Theory Into Practice To Assist Veterans

Posted by Saint Leo University Online on Nov 9, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Serving veterans during a local Stand Down, MSW students demonstrate Saint Leo’s core values while gaining practical counseling experience.

It wasn’t a pricy, air-conditioned salon in an affluent area of town but a stiff chair in the humid Florida heat.

But it didn’t matter.

As Saint Leo University graduate student Sandra Chandler snipped away at the shaggy hair of the military veteran seated before her, she sensed the simple trim giving his spirit, as well as his worn countenance, a much-needed lift.

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Topics: Social Work

New Stipend Opportunities Available For Saint Leo Social Work Students

Posted by Saint Leo University Online on Nov 5, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Saint Leo University joins a new statewide project to increase the number of social workers trained in child welfare. The program creates $12,000 cash stipends for students who commit to positions in public child welfare services.

For child welfare professionals charged with helping young victims of abuse and neglect find safety and help, the stakes couldn’t be any higher.

Yet, high caseloads, administrative burdens, limited resources, and stressful work environments not only make their jobs challenging at best, but impede the recruitment and retention of additional qualified professionals.

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Topics: Social Work

MSW Alumna Story: A Career Helping Homeless Veterans

Posted by Saint Leo University Online on Jun 11, 2015 8:00:00 AM

While acting as caregiver for her grandfather who had served in the Army, Ashley Dueling began Saint Leo’s MSW program and discovered a passion for working with veterans.

Ashley Dueling’s grandfather, Jack Dueling, served in the U.S. Army for 22 years beginning in 1953 and throughout the Vietnam War until 1975. He served as an infantryman, achieving the rank of sergeant first class.

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Topics: Social Work

For MSW Student, Social Work Is 'Language Of Her Heart'

Posted by Saint Leo University Online on Mar 26, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Lauren Sentovich’s compassion motivated her to do missionary work in Indonesia and Thailand. Now she is developing the competency to become an effective social worker.

Through experience, Lauren Sentovich has learned that while compassion is a tremendous motivator for helping others, competency is vital for being truly effective at changing lives.

It’s an awareness she started to develop while she was on other side of the world working with victims of sex trafficking in Thailand.

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Topics: Social Work

MSW Alumna Story: A Career In Military Social Work

Posted by Saint Leo University Online on Mar 19, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Military veteran says the greatest challenge of her life led her to Saint Leo’s University's online MSW program.

By Tanya Rogers, LGSW, MHS
Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program Analyst
Commander, Navy Installations Command

In my efforts to achieve personal and professional growth, I joined the Pennsylvania Army National Guard and served honorably from 1997 until 2005.

My time in the military afforded me the opportunity to not only learn the infrastructure, but also understand the stressors and traumas being faced by my fellow service members. My comprehension of the military was further expanded in 2005 when I married my husband who was a member of the U.S. Army.

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Topics: Social Work

MSW Students Serve Vets, Hone Counseling Skills [Video]

Posted by Saint Leo University Online on Mar 12, 2015 8:00:00 AM

It's National Social Work Month. Check out this video featuring Saint Leo MSW students as they reflect on a service learning project.

For students preparing to become social workers, it’s one thing to read about counseling practices in a text book, to discuss concepts in class or even role play with other students.

And it’s quite another thing to touch the arm of someone in need, look into his or her eyes and say the words that will bring comfort and hope.

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Topics: Social Work